SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk caused a major commotion on the internet Thursday night with a two-word tweet that read “Nuke Mars!”
Those two words have since been retweeted (as of this writing) over 19,000 times and liked more than 148,000 times.
So why did the man who has now made it so we live in a world where monkeys can control computers with their minds issue such a proclamation?
T-shirt soon— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 16, 2019
Turns out that Musk has a very good reason for wanting to nuke Mars. In fact, this isn’t even the first time he has made this suggestion.
Back in 2015, Musk hypothesised Mars could be made more Earth-like if it were warmer and he believes dropping nuclear bombs over its poles would probably do the trick.
Unfortunately, the wet blankets over at NASA claimed in 2018 that that Musk’s idea wouldn’t work.
Mars does not retain enough carbon dioxide that could practically be put back into the atmosphere to warm Mars, according to a new NASA-sponsored study. Transforming the inhospitable Martian environment into a place astronauts could explore without life support is not possible without technology well beyond today’s capabilities.
Although the current Martian atmosphere itself consists mostly of carbon dioxide, it is far too thin and cold to support liquid water, an essential ingredient for life. On Mars, the pressure of the atmosphere is less than one percent of the pressure of Earth’s atmosphere. Any liquid water on the surface would very quickly evaporate or freeze.
Despite that bit of downer news, folks on Twitter were very fired up by Musk’s tweet about nuking the red planet.https://twitter.com/jetpack/status/1162218423402680323
But how will I have my Total Recall Oxygen bar scene complete with dwarf bartenders and 3 boobed waitresses,if you nuke Mars?— Niche Gamer (@nichegamer) August 16, 2019
Man this world is not ready for you make your own planet 🧜🏾♀️— addis (@addis13588144) August 16, 2019
That's my boy right there. Elon 'mother fuckin' Musk. Get some baby. GET SOME. I got you fam. Let's get some. pic.twitter.com/KqRSxkA9qQ— Alexander (@AceBastard) August 16, 2019
Well that escalated quickly. But I support your decision Lord Elon. Nuke it.— Goose Wayne (@GooseWayneTV) August 16, 2019